Family Based Respite Care
2018-2019 Core Award - $100,000.00
Family Based Respite Care prevents child abuse and neglect by providing temporary care for children of families in crisis. Children of families in crisis are placed in a safe, nurturing home environment where their immediate needs can be addressed by a licensed foster family. Using an individualized case management model, the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services Foster Care Coordinator, case managers, and licensed foster families work together to provide assessment, placement, service planning, direct, and indirect services to help families achieve safety and stability.
Mental Health Counseling for Children, Youth, and Families
2018-2019 Core Award - $1,000,000.00
LFCS’ Mental Health Counseling for Children, Youth, and Families activities and interventions include intake, assessment, treatment planning, individual and family therapy, case management, crisis intervention, referrals, discharge planning, and aftercare. The program is designed to improve psychosocial functioning and decrease emotional, behavioral, and mental health symptoms in children and youth. Research-informed, best practice therapies and interventions are chosen to best address the child’s or family’s individualized treatment needs.
Outpatient Child Psychiatry
2018-2019 Core Award - $170,000.00
LFCS psychiatrists provide services to children and youth who are St. Louis County residents and are receiving other program services from LFCS. The psychiatry program includes psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and psychotherapy services. The psychiatrist works closely with the children’s LFCS direct service provider and is available for consultation with the counselor, parent, teachers, and other stakeholders as needed. The psychiatrist sees the client until the symptoms are resolved and/or stability is reached, or if the child ages out of the program and needs a referral to a more appropriate community provider.
School-based Mental Health
2018-2019 Core Award - $4,500,000.00
LFCS’ school-based mental health services are provided by licensed counselors and include observation, assessment, individual counseling, consultation, group counselling, support groups, mental health presentations, crisis intervention, and case management to county students. The program embeds staff into the school to make sure services are accessible, and allow counselors to build relationships with staff, students, and parents. Staff are fully ingrained into the fabric of each school and available for ongoing therapeutic services or in response to crisis on both an individual and school-wide basis.
STEP Up (Strengthen, Teach, Empower, Prepare)
2018-2019 Core Award - $250,000.00
STEP-Up (Strengthen, Teach, Empower, Prepare) combines evidence-based risk prevention group sessions with individual follow-up to provide children and youth resistance and resilience skills. The program’s services include enrollment, assessment, pre- and post-testing, group curriculum delivery, individual follow-up sessions, and outside referrals as needed. Group sessions are provided in the classroom and are driven by evidence-based curriculum. In addition to the group curriculum, students who would benefit from additional assistance are referred by teachers, parents, or administrators for individual follow-up sessions to practice healthy behavior and to enhance risk reduction strategies.